[ed. note: We had read various reports about this paper from the Army War College, but none included the detail of analysis that David offers here. We were especially interested in this piece because some of us prepared papers for the Naval War College a few years back. Ours were a bit more critical of current government operations, to wit, our fickle foreign policy, but that’s a discussion for another day. Given the swarming attention it has garnered from across the internet, we’re guessing this lad’s paper was graded more harshly than ours. Now on to David Swanson’s fine article.]
Army Makes Case Against Enlisting
by David Swanson
Remarkably, the U.S. Army War College has published a report (PDF) that makes an overwhelming case against enlisting in the U.S. Army. The report, called “Civilian Organizational Inhibitors to U.S. Army Recruiting and the Road Ahead,” identifies counter-recruitment organizations that effectively discourage young people from joining the military.
This is the highest honor the Army could give these groups, including Quaker House, the Mennonite Central Committee, Iraq Veterans Against the War, Veterans For Peace, and Courage to Resist. Activists often disbelieve in the effectiveness of their own work until the government admits it explicitly. Well, here is that admission. And counter-recruitment activists really do seem to appreciate it.
Read the full article here: http://warisacrime.org/content/army-makes-case-against-enlisting